|For Immediate Release
March 27, 2014
Manassas, VA – In a letter to employees on Monday, World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns announced a change to the organization’s longstanding employee conduct policy that effectively allowed “a Christian in a legal same-sex marriage” to be employed at World Vision. Two days later, Stearns and World Vision U.S. Board Chairman Jim Beré announced that the Board was publicly reversing its decision to change the policy, acknowledging that the change was a “mistake” and “not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.” As before, World Vision U.S. requires sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has enjoyed a long and healthy relationship with World Vision, a Christian organization that has ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and needy around the world. World Vision is also an Associate Member of NRB.
Because of this relationship, in the spirit of Matthew 18, NRB reached out with others to World Vision U.S. directly and asked them to reconsider their new policy.
We thank World Vision for hearing us, reconsidering, and then reversing the policy change.
We affirm World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearn’s rationale for this reversal – that the policy change “was simply not consistent … with the authority of Scripture.” We affirm, as he did, that we “cannot defer on things that are that central to the faith” despite the stormy winds of a changing culture. This is a good lesson for all Christian ministries. We must hold fast to the moorings and unchanging truth of the Bible.
We pray for World Vision and stand with them now as they will most likely be criticized by those who disagree.
Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D. President & CEO
Bill Blount, Chairman of the Board
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